Q&A: Senate District 39 Candidate Joseph C. ‘Joey’ Tiano

  • NAME: Joseph C. “Joey” Tiano
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • OCCUPATION: Retired law enforcement officer/self employed
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Santa Fe County
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Law enforcement officer for 24 years in New Mexico and Nevada. Extensive life experience helping and serving citizens in the communities I lived and worked in.
  • EDUCATION: Graduate of Santa Fe High School. Attended both UNM and NMSU studying business administration and law enforcement. Completed many hours of advanced police training, including upline supervisory classes.
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: JoeyTiano2020.com

What steps should the Legislature take to ensure New Mexico has a balanced budget amid falling oil prices and an economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus outbreak?

First the House and the Senate (Legislative Branch) should have a part in the decisions of closing and/or opening the economy of New Mexico. The Legislative branch should convene a committee to study the numbers and the effects the closure has had on citizens, employees and businesses …. They should study the 7 states that didn’t shut down …. This committee will also investigate the veracity of New Mexico’s virus numbers.

What more, if anything, should the Legislature do to address a court ruling that found New Mexico is failing to provide a sufficient education to all students?

I believe legislation could be presented … that doesn’t include teaching children a Socialist World View. Get back to the basics and teach children in the style each student can learn best from. For example, not every student will be a doctor or a lawyer. Many will be mechanics, plumbers, electricians and the like. These students would learn best from a Vocational Backed education.

What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?

The Gross Receipts tax should be abolished. The tax is damaging to our small businesses in New Mexico.

Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales?

As a retired Law Enforcement Officer, I do not support legalization of recreational marijuana. I understand that there are those out there that think taxing recreational marijuana would help the state’s coffers, but in reality the state will pay more for the negative effects caused by the use of marijuana, ie, medical issues, intoxicated driving and operating equipment issues …

Do you believe changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you believe such powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?

I believe the legislative branch of government should have a say in the decisions made during an emergency. We have learned that too much power in the hands of an executive, that has no experience or education can be very destructive to our state. The Legislature should present legislation limiting what a governor can do without the express consent of the legislative branch.

Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaws abortion, except in limited circumstances?

I oppose repealing the law. I believe that a woman has the right to decide what she and her doctor decide to do with her own body, but not when it affects that of another body/soul.

Do you support or oppose enacting a new state law that would allow police officers and other public officials to be sued individually by abolishing the defense of qualified immunity?

I don’t believe anybody at any time should be able to sue an official or officer for anything. That is what would happen if qualified immunity was repealed. I do believe that if an official or officer oversteps their powers and abuses their position with malicious intent then that’s when a citizen can sue.

In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, prekindergarten and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust fund. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that would withdraw more money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood services?

I oppose a Constitutional Amendment allowing money to be taken out of the permanent fund to fund a glorified babysitting program.

What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its election laws and primary system? Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?

I would support opening up the primaries to all voters. As far as changing election laws, I would support a Voter ID law that identifies a legal citizen voter using palm scanning and facial recognition. This would verify that a person voting in person or absentee would be the person voting. It would eliminate all dead votes, Illegal citizen votes and multiple voting.

Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital outlay funding? Should each legislator be required to disclose which projects he or she funded?

Any official should always have to disclose where and what is being funded with taxpayer money in the view of full disclosure. Concerning a merit-based evaluation system a legislator should reserve the right to develop such a system.

New Mexico is highly reliant on the oil and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by recent oil boom and bust cycles. What steps should the state take to diversify its economy and revenue base?

I believe a separate fund should be created to insure against the market dropping and placing the state in a position of not being able to fund ‘essential’ programs. Non-essential programs would be targeted for defunding.

Would you support or oppose a moratorium on fracking? And should the state impose additional renewable energy mandates as a way to address climate change concerns?

I like renewable energy, as evidenced by my home having a solar system. No, I would not support a moratorium on fracking. It’s proven safe and clean. I believe the current mandates on renewable energy go way too far placing a huge burden on the already struggling citizens of New Mexico.

What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and improve public safety?

The state Legislature should fund law enforcement agencies with training, tools and funding so these officials can keep our citizens safe and put the bad guys in jail, all within the boundaries of the US and State Constitutions.

Do you support or oppose the public’s right to inspect footage taken by cameras worn by law enforcement officers? Under what circumstances, if any, should police video be withheld from the public?

Police video should always be withheld from the public until which time a criminal case has been adjudicated. As far as the public having full and unadulterated access to video, I do not believe that should be available. This could cause violations of right to privacy of private citizens just to mention one example. A citizen should have a reasonable reason to view the videos

Members of New Mexico’s business community contend some state laws and regulations need changing so the state can better compete with Texas and Arizona when it comes to attracting companies. What steps do you believe should be taken to improve New Mexico’s economic competitiveness?

Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona are all beating out New Mexico 10X over in business because New Mexico has antiquated laws that hinder business from thriving. I’d start by passing a ‘Right to Work” bill. Doing just this will attract big corporations that won’t do business in states that don’t have the law in place. I’d also like to see the Gross Receipts tax on business be repealed.

Personal background

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?

No

2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

Yes

3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.

No

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